Mysterious HP tablet spied in new commercial

Several companies are working on Windows 8 tablets behind the scenes, with HP among them. Did the company just leak its Windows 8 tablet via a YouTube commercial? Its new "Make It Matter" commercial shows one individual using an HP branded tablet at the 56 second mark, showcasing a basic design with what looks to be a metallic back along with a black antenna strip running across the top of the device.

A leaked presentation slide back in April detailed the HP Slate 8, a tablet aimed at businesses and the enterprise market than would run Windows 8 professional. The slide suggested the tablet would come with a 10.1-inch screen, although no resolution was mentioned, with the tablet measuring 9.2mm thick and weighing 680g. Around 8 to 10 hours of battery life is claimed, and several business features were listed for the tablet as well.

Security seems to be the primary focus for the tablet, with HP bundling its HP ProtectTools software onto the tablet along with TPM embedded security. Computrace would also feature on the tablet, allowing users to track down the device in the event that it's lost or stolen. The chassis, meanwhile, looks to be aluminium, with the black strip at the top of the device allowing for unfettered wireless signals. All in all, it's a safe design, even if it does look similar to the back of the iPad.

HP has yet to comment on the tablet seen in the video, and it could simply be a mock up for the commercial that will never see release. Whatever the case may be, you can expect HP and other companies to release their various Windows 8 tablets when the operating system launches on October 26th.

[via PCLaunches]